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Local Digest: April 28, 2017

THE DISTRICT14-year sentence for robbery of couple

A D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced a District man to 14 years in prison Friday in the May 2016 robbery of an elderly couple in Northwest. Milton Hood, 52, was found guilty in January of robbery and assault. Prosecutors said Hood attacked a man, 81, and his wife, 75, as they walked on 23rd Street NW between P and Q streets. Hood knocked the man to the ground and took his wallet, according to prosecutors. The woman, fearing for her husband s life, hit the assailant on the head and neck with her cane. Hood knocked her to the ground and tried to take her purse, but she held it, prosecutors said. When drivers came to the couple s aid, the assailant ran. After Hood was found, a DNA swab from the victim s cane matched his DNA.

In addition to his prison term, Judge Kimberley S. Knowles ordered that Hood undergo three years of supervised release, officials said.

Dana Hegdpeth

Shooting on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown

A shooting was reported Friday night on Wisconsin Avenue NW in Georgetown, D.C. police said. They said a male suffered a wound that did not appear life-threatening. He was shot about 8:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of the avenue and walked to a hospital, said Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman.

Clarence Williams

Navy member dies in car crash

A member of the Navy died Friday when his car crashed in Upper Marlboro, officials said. Jonathan Javoria Griffin, 34, was driving on Route 301 near Village Drive when he crashed, state police said. They said he was assigned to the National Security Agency at Fort Meade.

Dana Hedgpeth

Five days later, College Park fire extinguished

Officials on Friday officially declared the massive fire that consumed a College Park apartment building extinguished.

The five-alarm fire broke out Monday at the building under construction in the 4700 block of Berwyn House Road.

[200 firefighters battle five-alarm blaze at College Park construction site[1]]

Firefighters had been monitoring the rubble for flare-ups daily since the initial blaze, said Prince George s County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady. The fire caused nearly $40 million in damage. Investigators ruled it accidental but are still trying to find the cause and origin, Brady said.

Lynh Bui

Manhunt for inmate who fled psychiatric hospital

A man whom guards were removing Friday from a prison van in the parking lot of Maryland s maximum-security psychiatric hospital fled into woods after having earlier maneuvered his way out of handcuffs and a waist chain, police said.

Authorities used police dogs, helicopters and teams of law enforcement officers in the hunt for David M. Watson, 28.

Watson is charged with attempted murder involving police officers in Wicomico County and was on his way to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center near Jessup for an evaluation in his case, said Sherry Llewellyn, a spokeswoman for Howard County Police, which is leading the search. Online court records in Maryland show Watson was found incompetent to stand trial in 2014.

After the van arrived in the lot about 9:40 a.m., a guard opened the vehicle door and Watson pushed the guard to the ground, Llewellyn said. Watson then ran into woods, where investigators found some items of clothing he may have discarded, Llewellyn said.

Watson was serving a 100-year sentence for attempted murder in Delaware, where Wicomico County deputies had picked him up for transport to Perkins, Llewellyn said.

Lynh Bui


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Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines to conduct joint maritime security patrols

The Department of National Defense (DND) has called the soon-to-be launched maritime security patrol arrangement among the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia that would forestall terrorism and piracy incidents in their common seas, a very opportune response.

It is a timely measure in response to the ever evolving threat of terrorism, not only in our countries but the entire region as well, DND public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Saturday.

This bodes well for the future of maritime security and safety in our common areas. Following his meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malaca ang Friday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo disclosed that they have discussed the intensified security cooperation in the region.

On maritime security, we agreed to launch the Indo-Ma-Phi (Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines) trilateral maritime patrol as soon as possible, he said.

In combating transnational crimes, we also agreed to conduct a joint working group on counter-terrorism this year, expanding the 2014 MOU on Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and strengthen intelligence information cooperation. The three Asian neighbors earlier proposed the joint patrols in the Sulu and Celebes Sea to curb the rise in kidnappings and hijackings of commercial ships by Islamic militants in these waters.

Hillsong security guard knocked out during Waterloo assault

Posted April 29, 2017 13:23:45

A Hillsong Church security guard is in a stable condition after being knocked out in an alleged assault in Sydney. Hillsong said the “attack” happened near a church in the inner Sydney suburb of Waterloo on Friday night. A group of young men leaving a church youth meeting were approached by a second group of men while walking to Redfern train station about 9:45pm.

They became involved in an argument and the 33-year-old security guard intervened after an 18-year-old churchgoer was elbowed in the face, NSW Police said. Police said the guard was knocked unconscious from a blow to the head and a third Hillsong churchgoer, 21, was also assaulted by the group before they left the scene. The security guard was treated by ambulance officers before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

“Last night a small group of young people who had just attended our church youth meeting at Waterloo were attacked on the way home,” a Hillsong spokeswoman said.

“Or security guard saw the incident and intervened, but was himself attacked and injured.

“We are shocked that this happened so close to our church and we will continue to review security at our Waterloo campus.”

Hillsong pastor Chrishan Jeyaratnam told the ABC he did not believe the churchgoers were attacked because of their faith.

“Nothing like that was insinuated in anything,” Mr Jeyaratnam said.

Police from Redfern LAC are investigating the alleged assaults, but had made no arrests by Saturday midday.

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